William R. Intihar Sr., 93, of Water St., Frewsburg and Orange City, Fla., died Friday (June 29, 2012) at WCA Hospital. He was born Aug. 7, 1918, in Onoville, N.Y., the son of Dominic and Rose Baraga Intihar.
Before retiring he had been employed at Jamestown Metal Corp. and along with his wife had run Penn Highlands Campgrounds in Russell. He had also helped in the kitchen at the Frewsburg Legion.
He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and had survived a bombing by the Japanese while aboard the ship Comfort. He had been wounded three times and was later awarded the Purple Heart.
William R. Intihar Sr.
He was a member of the Randolph Moose and life member of the Samuel Derby Post 556 American Legion, Frewsburg, Order of the Purple Heart in Tampa, Fla., Jamestown AMVETS, VFW in DeBerry Fla., a 10-year member of the Frewsburg Legion board of directors, and was a legion representative for the Boy Scouts.
He was a kind and gentle man who was always willing to help others, enjoyed spending time with his family, going to his grandson's baseball games, traveling and fishing. He was also a Buffalo Veterans Hospital volunteer and an avid Bills fan.
William is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth Meleen Intihar, whom he married July 2, 1949, in Frewsburg; three children: William Jr. (Deirdre) Intihar of Cape Coral, Fla., Lawrence (Susan) Intihar of Indian Trail, N.C., and Mark (Michele) of Chesapeake Beach, Md.; three grandchildren: Heather Mason of Jamestown, Kenneth Intihar of Frewsburg and Eric (Kendra) Intihar of Lafayette Hill, Pa.; seven great-grandchildren: Christopher and Chad Intihar, Thomas, Nicholas and Johnas Mason, Sadie Intihar and Brian Geddes; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Laurel and Joseph Siperek.
He was predeceased by three brothers: L. James, Daniel and Frank Intihar; and two sisters, Sophia Fagerstrom and Rose Furgeson.
Friends are invited to attend a graveside service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Frewsburg. The Rev. Ronald Lemon, pastor of the Koinonia Christian Fellowship, Frewsburg, will officiate. A private family visitation will be held.
Memorials may be made to the Frewsburg Fire Co. Rescue, PO Box 590, Frewsburg, NY 14738.